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This Week in Cloud, August 25, 2017

Ryan Quackenbush

By Ryan Quackenbush8.25.17

Welcome to This Week in Cloud!

This is a curated list of the top stories that were published during the past week pertaining to cloud computing, containers, the IoT, acquisitions, product releases, industry studies, and more.
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Business Continuity is the Ultimate Killer Application For Cloud

By Joe McKendrick, August 19th edition of ZDNet
“A couple of decades back, I had the opportunity to tour a World War II-era tank factory that had been converted to an IT disaster recovery center. It had all the amenities: sleeping quarters, kitchen, and of course, every system conceivable for the two-day process of bringing an enterprise’s operations back online from tapes. Now, cloud compresses that whole process to seconds. No cots or tapes needed. While cloud computing delivers advantages at many levels, for IT executives and professionals, there’s one benefit that outshines anything else: cloud offers great insurance against disasters or outages. That’s the takeaway from two recent industry surveys, which looked at cloud’s value as it now approaches its second decade in the enterprise.”

This Week in Numbers: Serverless Adoption on Par with Containers

By Lawtence Hecht, August 19th edition of The New Stack
“Serverless technologies like functions as a service (FaaS) are in use by 43 percent of enterprises that both have a significant number of strategic workloads running in the public cloud workloads and the ability to dynamically manage them. Without those qualifications, it is easy to misinterpret the findings from New Relic’s survey-based ebook “Achieving Serverless Success with Dynamic Cloud and DevOps.” After digging in, we found that the survey says 70 percent of enterprises have migrated a significant number of workloads to the public cloud. Among this group, 39 percent of using serverless, 40 percent are using containers and 34 percent are using container orchestration. At least superficially, adoption of serverless technologies now matches that of containers.”

What IT Spending Forecasts Tell Us About the Future of IT

By Andrew Froehlich, August 25th edition of InformationWeek
“…In terms of global spending, Gartner Research places a dollar value of information technology at $3.5 trillion annually. In 2017, IT budgets are expected to grow at a healthy 2.4 percent. Forrester Research has placed 2017 growth in the US at upwards of 5%. Credit for this uptick in spending is often given to what’s being called a drive toward digital transformation of businesses. What this essentially means is the ability to collect data and analyze all aspects of a business using technology to provide actionable decisions based on the collected information. Basing business decisions on computer models is nothing new. But thanks to breakthroughs in big data, analytics and cloud computing, the accuracy of the intelligence has become incredibly effective at ever-decreasing price points.”

The Cloud Could Drive Open Source Out of the Enterprise

By David Linthicum, August 22nd edition of InfoWorld
“For a decade, there’s a question that just won’t go away: Is the cloud killing open source? It still strikes up some emotions. Open source software has been the backbone of enterprise platforms for a long time—remember the LAMP stack of Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP/Perl? But consuming open source software via the cloud could change open source’s enterprise footprint. First of all, open source’s no-cost attribute means less in the cloud. Public cloud providers will charge you for the time you use their cloud to access open source software—or any software.”

The Top 7 Cities Competing With Silicon Valley for Tech Entrepreneurs

By Angela Ruth, August 24th edition of Entrepreneur
“Silicon Valley has long been considered the most viable option for starting a business or finding a job in the tech industry. Its reputation is largely self-affirming, though — as long as it’s seen as the hub of the tech world, it will be by virtue of attracting an abundance of startups and the top talent in the industry. Silicon Valley’s reputation has been slipping lately, however, which could indicate that it will be surpassed as the foremost entrepreneurial hub in the not-too-distant future.”

Goldman Sachs Just Poured $45 Million Into a Company Picking Up Amazon’s Slack in the Cloud

By Matt Weinberger, August 22nd edition of Business Insider
“Amazon Web Services is the big behemoth of cloud computing, followed by Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. The economies of scale of cloud services mean that it’s very difficult for any new players to compete unless they have the global reach and resources of those tech titans. Difficult, but not impossible, especially if you zero in on an underserved part of the market. Take, for example, Skytap, a 10-year-old cloud computing service provider based in Seattle.”

Canonical Announces Further Enterprise Kubernetes Support Options

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, August 23rd edition of ZDNet
“Canonical continues to push forward with its Kubernetes container DevOps management plans. In its latest move, Ubuntu Linux’s parent company announced two consulting packages for enterprise Kubernetes deployments. In addition, it’s offering expanded enterprise support with partners. This will include Galactic Fog’s serverless infrastructure, Rancher’s container management workflow, and Weaveworks’ Weave Cloud. This comes as Canonical prepares for an initial public offering (IPO). These moves are both to gain new cloud and container customers and to show that Canonical is laser-focused on the enterprise market. Earlier, Canonical had tried, and failed, to dominate the Linux desktop and become a smartphone leader.”

Alibaba’s Cloud Base Doubled In Just 12 Months

By Laurie Beaver, August 18th edition of Business Insiderr
“Alibaba’s Q2 2017 (ended June 30) results showed better-than-expected growth, in part driven by its cloud business. The number of paying customers for Alibaba’s cloud business nearly doubled from the year prior, to surpass 1 million during the quarter, up from 557,000 in Q2 2016. While the e-commerce giant reported robust growth across its business segments, cloud computing was a particularly bright spot.”

Cisco Brings Its SDN to Amazon, Microsoft and Google’s Public Cloud

By Brandon Butler, August 21st edition of Network World
“Today Cisco announced it is developing a way to integrate its software defined networking product named Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) with public cloud infrastructure from Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. By extending ACI from the data center to the public cloud, Cisco is making it easier for customers to manage a hybrid network that spans both environments. Having common network management across this hybrid environment allows customers to implement fine-grained security policies and manage applications across both, Cisco says.”

Google and Walmart Partner With Eye on Amazon

By Daisuke Wakabayashi & Michael Corkery, August 23rd edition of NY Times
“Google and Walmart are testing the notion that an enemy’s enemy is a friend. The two companies said Google would start offering Walmart products to people who shop on Google Express, the company’s online shopping mall. It’s the first time the world’s biggest retailer has made its products available online in the United States outside of its own website. The partnership, announced on Wednesday, is a testament to the mutual threat facing both companies from Amazon.com. Amazon’s dominance in online shopping is challenging brick-and-mortar retailers like Walmart, while more people are starting web searches for products they might buy on Amazon instead of Google.”

Marketo Will Move Entirely Onto Google’s Cloud In New Multi-Year ‘Alliance’

By Alex Konrad, August 24th edition of Forbes
“Google’s cloud unit has snagged a flagship new customer in its race against rivals Amazon and Microsoft. Marketo announced on Thursday that it will move all of its marketing automation software onto Google Cloud Platform, part of a six-year “alliance” with Google that will include integration of Google tools into Marketo’s products, a joint go-to market approach and expanded use of Marketo internally at Google. Marketo plans to be fully migrated off its own servers and onto Google’s cloud before 2019. The move, which includes tens of petabytes of customer data, will start with new customers in early 2018 and then move to existing customers later in the year. Work between Google and Marketo’s engineering teams is already underway, according to Marketo CEO Steve Lucas.”

IBM, Kroger, Walmart and Others Team Up to Improve Food Safety With Blockchains

By Frederic Lardinois , August 22nd edition of TechCrunch
“IBM today announced that it is working with a consortium that includes Dole, Golden State Foods, Kroger, McCormick and Company, Nestlé, Tyson Foods, Unilever and Walmart to bring the benefit of blockchains to the food supply chain. IBM, just like most of its competitors in the public cloud computing space, has been working on various blockchain projects in the last few months. Given the complexity of the food supply chain from producer to consumer, blockchains could actually find a pretty interesting niche here because they would allow for more transparency and traceability (especially when things go wrong). The idea behind this project and the collaboration between these different companies is to figure out where exactly blockchains can benefit the food ecosystem.”

 

Ryan Quackenbush
Ryan Quackenbush

Ryan Quackenbush is the Advocacy Programs Manager at Apprenda. His cooking is renowned, his record collection and library are extensive and, when not at Apprenda, he can usually be found rooting for the Mets or playing live music. You can follow him on Twitter at @RSQuackenbush.

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